Nylon, LYCRA®, Cotton, Microfiber, Polyamide, Polyester, Spandex, Supplex®… Help !! WHAT JERSEY do I buy?

When we want to buy a dance leotard we find that there is a great variety of fabrics. But do you really know the differences between one and the other?

We have all found ourselves lost among so many names and without really knowing what we are buying. The reality is that the different fabrics are composed of four types of fibers mainly, which are combined with each other in different proportions, to form fabrics with different characteristics. We are going to see more in detail about each fiber, so that you can learn more about the properties of your jerseys and you can decide according to your needs the one that best suits each occasion.

  • Cotton.

We all know that natural fibers are a good option, but we have to bear in mind that we are talking about a ballet leotard, it has to stretch and adjust to our body, so they can never be 100% cotton, it needs another fiber to do it. flexible. And how do we get it? We have no choice but to add a synthetic fiber to the fabric.

Cotton leotards are made of approximately 90-92% cotton and 8-10% elastane. Of course they are a good option for people with sensitive skin and if you like less tight models or a warmer fabric for cold seasons. Although if you want a jersey that lasts a long time it is not the best option. Cotton tends to resist less than synthetic fibers, leaving it loose in a short time, and it tends to lose its color earlier with washes.

Advantages: Warmer, softer and good for sensitive skins.

Disadvantages: They can give more heat. They spoil quickly and lose color in a short time. You can get the dreaded little balls over time. They can shrink when washed. They do not hold. Less flexible.

  • Nylon / Polyamide

Nylon or polyamide is the preferred fabric among dancers for its strength and flexibility. Polyamide has the ability to stretch without breaking and return to its original shape, making it ideal for us. They provide greater support and if you are looking for a jersey with muscle retention or compression, this is undoubtedly the best option.

We can find polyamides of different qualities, so the fact that a jersey is made of polyamide does not guarantee that it is perfect. We recommend that you look at the labeling and the certificates that the fabric has. A good quality indicator, regardless of the type of fabric, is that it has the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificate, which verifies that there are no harmful substances either in the fabric or in its manufacturing phases. Sometimes these certificates you will not find on the labels but you should be able to find this information on the brand's website.

Advantages: Very durable, ideal for sports with intense physical activity. Great resistance when stretching or shrinking. Very good support. Very flexible, soft fabric. They are very breathable and dry fast. They do not shrink when washing. Some have compressive characteristics that will help the muscles recover after each exercise.

Disadvantages: They absorb water very well and therefore sweat, so it is possible that if you sweat a lot it will be noticeable, but calm because they dry VERY fast.

The printing process is longer and more expensive than in other fibers, so it will be more difficult to find it in printed jerseys, but not impossible! The Endless Spring collection jerseys are made with recycled polyamides.

  • Polyester.

Polyester is the most used fiber in the textile industry due to its characteristics. The garments made with this fiber are easy to wash and dry, they do not shrink and do not wrinkle, and they also repel water and sweat. They absorb inks very well and tend to have brighter colors, which is why you will find that most printed leotards are made with polyester.

Advantages: They repel water and sweat, so it is ideal if you sweat a lot or do not like it to show. Easy to wash and dry. Very light. They do not shrink. Breathable although less than polyamide. Extra soft. Brighter colors.

Disadvantages: Dries slower but repels water so it can be a good option if you sweat a lot. They are more thermal materials and can give a little more heat. Very flexible. They retain, but less than polyamide.  

Take a look at the Blooming Collection if you are looking for a jersey with these properties.

  • Spandex / Elastane / Elastane / Lycra®.

Spandex / Elastane / Elastane / Lycra®. Elastane or spandex is the synthetic fiber that gives the fabric more flexibility, so you will find it in all your jerseys but with different names. But then LYCRA® is not a fabric? NOT! It is the commercial name of the fiber that makes your jersey more flexible, so when you say you want a lycra jersey you are only saying that you want a leotard that stretches. For example, when we said that the jersey could not be 100% cotton and needed another fiber to make it flexible, we were referring to elastane, spandex or Lycra® ..., its name will depend on the manufacturer.  

And what is better? Polyamide, polyester or cotton? Well, as in everything there is not one good and another bad, and we can find all three in different qualities and combinations. Everything will depend on your preferences, needs.

What about microfiber and supplex? We have not talked about these yet because they are combinations of the previous ones:

The microfiber is composed of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide, we return to the previous ones. It is characterized by being a very absorbent fabric (watch out for sweat!) And very resistant (thanks to the polyamide).

Supplex®, or Supplex® Nylon, is the trademark of the fabric and is composed of elastane and polyamide to a greater extent (generally 85-88% polyamide and 12-5% elastane). Normally you will see it on the labeling as Supplex® Nylon (you already know that nylon is polyamide) and Lycra® (elastane), this is because both fibers belong to the same fiber manufacturer.

It is important that when we buy we do it safely and knowing that we are buying, only then can we be 100% satisfied with our purchase! We hope we have solved all your doubts.

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